Pakistan peacemaker Mohammad Amir’s sudden decision to leave international cricket complaining of “mental torture” took the world of cricket by surprise. Hours after PCB officials confirmed Amir’s retirement, former Pakistani fast thrower Shoaib Akhtar offered his help to get the talented left arm’s career back on track.
“Come on Mohammad Amir below me and then see the wonders he does on the ground. Na zaaya kerain us ko (Don’t waste it), “tweed Akhtar on Thursday.
Another former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja said it was a sad exit from a “potential super star”.
“Mohammad Amir retires. Sad premature release of a potential super star! And a lesson for aspiring young people: respect your talent and understand your responsibilities. Don’t confuse wealth with respect. Respect is earned by having a strong character and not by worldly shit! “Raja tweeted.
Amir announced his decision on local Samaa TV, saying he was “mentally tortured” by Pakistan teammates and coaches, the national council and opponents wherever he played. Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan then spoke to 28-year-old Amir.
“He has no wishes or intentions to play international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches,” the PCB said in a statement.
“This is a personal decision of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB respects and, as such, will not comment further on this at this stage.”
The board, not thanking Amir for his services, emphasized the depth of the estrangement between them.
The left arm took 259 wickets in 36 tests, 61 one-day internationals and 50 Twenty20s.
Amir was 18 when he was banned in 2010 for five years and was jailed for three months in a series of tests in England. He was allowed to return to cricket a few months early and recalled from Pakistan in 2016.
In 2019 he no longer wanted to test, focus on white ball cricket and extend his international career.
His last international was in August in a T20 against England. He was not part of the home limited series against Zimbabwe and was banned from the T20 series in New Zealand as of Friday.
“For now I am leaving cricket because I am mentally tortured,” Amir told Samaa TV. “I don’t think I can endure such torture.
“I endured a lot of torture from 2010 to 2015, for which I served my time. I was tortured when they told me that the PCB invested a lot in me. I will just say that two people have invested heavily in me: Najam Sethi (the former president of PCB) and Shahid Afridi (former captain of Pakistan). They were the only two.
“The rest of the team said we don’t want to play with Amir.
“Recently, the atmosphere that has built up means that I am being taunted all the time when I am told that I don’t want to play for my country. Every two months someone says something against me. Sometimes the bowling coach (Waqar Younis) says that Amir dumped us, sometimes they tell me that my workload is not satisfactory. When too much is too much. “
(With AP inputs)